Con­sul­tants granted trade bur­sary

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BUSI­NESS English Con­sult­ing Ser­vice Ltd (BECS) are the sec­ond suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants to the TDA In­ter­na­tional Trade Bur­sary.

En­cour­ag­ing more Tor­bay com­pa­nies to iden­tify new coun­try ex­port mar­kets is a key ob­jec­tive of Tor­bay Coun­cil’s eco­nomic strat­egy to de­liver busi­ness growth.

BECS is an award-win­ning cor­po­rate train­ing com­pany de­liv­er­ing tailor-made so­lu­tions to the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor. BECS has been based in Paignton since 2004 and de­liv­ers cour­ses to a wide range of in­dus­try sec- tors world­wide. Tor­bay’s Elected Mayor, Gor­don Oliver, said: “The In­ter­na­tional Trade Bur­sary will sup­port BECS to grow and reach new mar­kets.

“We are ex­cited by the op­por­tu­ni­ties Tor­bay based com­pa­nies have to sell their prod­ucts and ser­vices over­seas and we will con­tinue to sup­port these ef­forts.

“Help­ing them at­tend in­valu­able del­e­ga­tions across the world will help them net­work, ar­range meet­ings and con­vert busi­ness leads. ”

The com­pany has been work­ing

Martin Bart­nicki is the owner and op­er­a­tor of The M Decor, a paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing firm with clients across South Devon pe­ri­ods.

“Kim has also sign­posted me to a num­ber of re­ally use­ful con­tacts within bank­ing and dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing. Both of these el­e­ments will help my busi­ness de­velop and grow.”


closely with the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade and are par­tic­i­pants on their Ex­port for Growth pro­gramme.

They have also had ex­ten­sive mar­ket re­search un­der­taken by the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Paris.

The find­ings sug­gest to tar­get the Bel­gium train­ing sec­tor first, be­fore en­ter­ing the French mar­ket where the com­pany aims to tackle the French hi tech clus­ter in the South of France.

An Swin­nen, manag­ing di­rec­tor of BECS, said: “Work­ing with the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade has helped us con­duct re­search and iden­tify tar­get mar­kets.

“The In­ter­na­tional Trade Bur­sary

The M Dé­cor is es­tab­lish­ing them­selves as one of the lead­ing paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing com­pa­nies in Torquay and the sur­round­ing ar­eas and are now speak­ing with clients across Devon. Martin has also added air­less paint spray­ing to their ser­vices, some­thing which is will sup­port our ob­jec­tives to de­velop ac­tiv­i­ties in Bel­gium. This busi­ness trip will en­able meet­ings with po­ten­tial new cor­po­rate clients and iden­tify ad­di­tional buy­ers.”

An will be us­ing the bur­sary to fol­low up on mar­ket re­search con­ducted by the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade, have meet­ings with tar­get clients and part­ners and also at­tend evening net­work­ing events.

Ja­son Buck, In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Man­ager, TDA said: “We are pleased to sup­port An on her visit to Bel­gium which is a new tar­get ex­port mar­ket for BECS. It also of­fers BECS an op­por­tu­nity to open up a new mar­ket of­fered by very few com­pa­nies across the South West. It pro­vides a su­per qual­ity fin­ish and is a faster ap­pli­ca­tion than brush paint­ing, which has proved very pop­u­lar with their cus­tomers and has won them new busi­ness.

Kim Thorn­ton, TDA Busi­ness Ad­vi­sor said: “The M Dé­cor has glow­ing feed­back on Google, Face­book, and MyBuilder. This was an area I strongly rec­om­mended to fo­cus on and build a mar­ket­ing cam­paign around as it demon­strates a high level of client sat­is­fac- away from the Ara­bic Gulf, where BECS has ex­ported its ser­vices to. We look for­ward to learn­ing of her new ex­port wins which will pro­vide ad­di­tional growth to her busi­ness.”

The TDA In­ter­na­tional Trade Bur­sary is avail­able to Tor­bay based SMEs look­ing to en­ter a new coun­try mar­ket. Com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing should con­tact Ja­son Buck, TDA In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Man­ager on 01803 208799 or email ja­

To find out more about how TDA can pro­vide ex­port sup­port visit www.tda-busi­­port-sup­port tion. What’s more, much of their busi­ness is won as a di­rect re­sult of per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions.

“Equally, The M Dé­cor not only of­fer a re­li­able paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing ser­vice at com­pet­i­tive prices, they can de­liver prop­erty main­te­nance needs. By pack­ag­ing this up all to­gether, clients will see the range of ser­vices avail­able and in turn cre­ate more busi­ness for the com­pany.”

The M Dé­cor con­tin­ues to work with TDA and Cos­mic to de­velop their dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and how to con­vert this into sales. Soft­ware is be­ing looked into to over­see The M Decor’s all trans­ac­tions to bet­ter fore­cast and man­age cash flow.

To help grow The M Dé­cor team, ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are also be­ing ex­plored with part­ners across South Devon.

To find out more about The M Decor visit

To see how the ERDF Growth Sup­port pro­gramme can help your busi­ness visit www.tda-busi­

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